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Kamala is one of the owners of one of Seattle’s most popular food trucks – Marination Mobile She is originally from Hawaii, and has a little bit of Korean in her as well.
Her partner is Roz. She is Chinese and Filipina by blood, born in Greece, and raised by a Japanese mom. She lived in Romania for a while as well.
Together Kamala and Roz dish out some amazing dishes inspired primarily by the flavors of Hawaii and Korea. They obviously share a lot of ethnic knowledge about most of the world so they are experts in creating great international flavor. As Kamala says about Marination, “it’s the melting of Korean heat and aloha love together in a corn tortilla.”
It’s clear Marination’s marinades are top notch. The tacos are stuffed with either pork, ginger-miso chicken, tofu or kalbi and topped with a saucy, tangy slaw. Kalbi is a traditional Korean dish; tender short ribs marinaded in soy, garlic and citrus. It’s salty and sweet! The pork is sliced super thin and marinaded in a rich red pepper sauce.
Finally I can spout all of my incredible knowledge of ichthyology (a branch of zoology devoted to the study of fishes). It’s great to be an expert in something! Just kidding, I don’t know much about fish, but those in the ichthyology field inform me that yes fish do have lips although not like humans, and fish lips have taste buds. There you have it. Throw that piece of knowledge out next time you are at the bar with friends.
I am sure that Takeshi Kimura (aka TK) when he established Fishlips Sushi Food Truck knew that, after all he is a sushi expert!
The Fishlips truck is unique in that there is actually a sushi chef on board that is producing a great variety of quality sushi at very reasonable prices. We have been assured that the chef is not slicing while the vehicle is in motion, after all safety is the highest priority!
The quality is exceptional, far superior to many restaurants, grocery stores, Kmart or wherever else you can get sushi these days.
Fishlips Sushi’s menu has traditional rolls as well as Temari Sushi which is a ball-shaped sushi made by pressing rice and fish together. It’s really neat looking and a great finger food. The Temari’s are available with either tuna, tuna tataki, eel, albacore, eskalar, yellowtail, salmon, snapper, halibut or shrimp.
For lunch Fishlips offers a variety of combination plates consisting of a combination of sushi rolls and temari sushi balls. The sushi rolls fall into a few categories: California, Spicy Tuna, Shimp Tempura, and Vegetable. Within each categories there are a few options. Within the spicy tuna roll category is the spicy dragon roll with tuna, hot sauce, sesame oil. avocado, cucumber, eel and tamari sauce!
The Fish Lips roll has no rice, but instead is a soy sheet, avocado, cucumber, asparagus, crab, tuna, white tuna, white fish, salmon, tamari sauce, hot sauce and mayonnaise! That’s a lot to roll up!
Another unique feature from FishLips Sushi Food Truck is that they provide calorie information for each item. The Fish Lips Roll has just 36 calories. All of the roll based sushi are under 50 calories each. The temari sushi balls range between 40 and 60 calories each.
FishLips Sushi uses organic vegetables and Koshihikari sushi rice, the #1 brand in Japan!
Now, I wonder if chickens have lips???
Fishlips Sushi – Los Angeles, CA
The pig is back! We waited until their winter hiatus was over, but we can wait no longer… probably the most unique looking food truck is back on the street in Seattle. It’s the Maximus / Minimus pig food truck!
Maximus / Minimus is the passion of Kurt Beecher Dammeier who extended his love of making braised pork sandwiches for his staff into an incredibly recognizable food truck.
Kurt named his truck based on the two flavor profiles he serves: Maximus (savory and spicy!) and Minimus (tangy and sweet). It didn’t hurt that his eldest son’s name is Max aka Maximus! Designer Colin Reedy worked with Kurt (along with fiberglass and aluminum) to create this enormous roaming pig.
The pig’s specialties are their two version of grilled or pulled pork. The Maximus is hot and spicy from a mixture of peppers, onions, and fruit juices. The Minimus is sweet and tangy with tamarind, honey, and molasses. The flavor of these sandwiches is unique and unlike traditional BBQ pulled pork (the cilantro on top adds a great twist).
As a side dish add Beecher’s Flagship cheese (from another of Kurt’s businesses) or slaw. Also available are kettle chips and mac/cheese, both great; freshly made and very tasty!
For non-pork eaters there is also a selection of veggie sandwiches and grilled chicken sandwiches, both served in either a Minimus or Maximus style.
You can’t miss the Maximus / Minimus food truck, and you won’t want to as I think you’ll really enjoy their take on pork. They take it seriously, why else would their truck have the license plate “SOME PIG.”
Maximus / Minimus – Seattle, WA
There is little question that the Korean BBQ taco and burrito launched the food truck revolution. It was quickly followed by other burrito variations that combined cuisines from virtually every nationality. Therefore, it should come to no suprise that the one of the latest burrito entrants combines Japanese sushi ingredients in a burrito!
We recently had the opportunity of sampling Jogasaki Sushi Burrito’s at the recent Downtown LA Art Walk. We were skeptical, but at first bite we were in love!
We started with the Jogasaki Sushi Burrito #2 which included shredded imatation crab in a mayonnaise sauce, spicy tuna, avocado, cucumber and a dark dipping sauce on a bed of rice. Burritos at Josasaki are available either wrapped in a traditional flour tortilla or in a soy papper with black sesame seed wrap. We decided to go traditional and opt for the flour tortilla for our first attempt, and boy was it delicious. Although the ingredients are those found in traditional sushi the presentation by Jogasaki was more of a “mash-up”, all the flavors combined in a delectable fashion.
Other Jogasaki Sushi Burritos feature fried salmon skin, shrimp tempura, eel, crabmeat and virtually any other sushi ingredient you can think of. An optional hot sauce is available, use at your own discretion!
Another popular item are the Spicy Tuna Nachos, doritos piled high with spicy tuna and avocado! Also, try any of the other unique variety of items tht Jagasaki Sushi Burrito dishes up. There is no shortage of unique combinations!
It’s great to see someone take the burrito concept to a higher level and in a new and unique fashion. We recommend Jogasaki Sushi Burrito to anyone looking for a delicious, easy to eat, and unique food truck meal.
Jogasaki is also very active in benefit events for Japan relief. Check out their web site and Twitter feed for updates.
In Jogasaki Burrito – Los Angeles, CA
At times it seems like all the great food trucks in Orange County, California are overshadowed by the sheer number of great trucks in Los Angeles. Orange County has it’s own health regulations and requires separate permits from Los Angeles County, as a result the assortment of trucks roaming Orange County is very different from the LA scene.
Barcelona On The Go specializes in Spanish bistro cuisine, including tapas. We recently ran across the Barcelona On the Go food truck in Irvine, CA and ordered up the lead item on the menu board: Churrasco con Chimichurri! For those of you that don’t speak Spanish that means “Premium-Angus Top Sirloin with Chimichurri Sauce”, and it is served over fresh and crisp french fries. We were blown away by this dish, with all of us agreeing that if we were served this item in a fine-dining restaurant we would not be suprised. The Angus beef was cooked to perfection, and was juicy tender. The fries were outstanding. But what really impressed us was the freshness and full flavor of the Chimichurri sauce. Outstanding! We recommend bottling the sauce and selling it, it was that good.
The rest of the Barcelona On The Go menu all use fresh ingredients and are prepared to perfection. Other patrons stopped by in search of Barcelona’s Paella Valencia na (seafood & chicken paella). While this dish is not available every day those that have had it raved about it, and considered it one of the best food truck items that they have every had.
Spanish sandwiches are popular and include the Bocadillo de Pollo con Salsa Romesco (chicken breast with romesco sauce), Bocadillo de Serrano (Serrano ham sandwich) and the Catalan sausage sandwich.
Also available is a great Lentil Soup (with smoked ham), egg/potato frittatas, chicken turnovers and Manchego cheese croquettes.
There is no question you will not only enjoy the food at Barcelona On The Go but also appreciate the freshness of the ingredients and the care used in the preperation of true Spanish cuisine.
For those of you in the Los Angeles area (and beyond) it is worth the drive south for a visit to Barcelona On The Go!
Barcelona On The Go – Orange County, CA
The synergy is perfect: Rock n’ Roll, Heavy Metal, an attitude and great bugers! There is no doubt, Grill Em All Truck is delivering it all.
Chef Ryan Harkins and Matthew Chernus have been friends for 20 years, first as collaborating as band mates, and now as partners in the Grill Em All gourmet hamburger food truck. Their appreciation of heavy metal music and burgers have collided to make a great food truck! Based onGrill Em All’s passion for music I am guessing the “grill em all” is a take off from the Metallica song “Kill Em All.”
Chef Ryan’s has a background in fine dining so it is not unusual that Grill Em All serves unique and gourmet burgers with a side of heavy metal.
Is there anywhere else you can get a gourmet burger with cream cheese, deep fried bacon, beer & Siracha soaked onions & garlic aioli? Or a burger with cranberry flavoring along with Maytag Blue Cheese and potato chips. The Waste Em All burger features marinated green chilies, pepper jack, beer soaked onions. And don’t forget the fries, they are perfection!
I can just imagine Ryan and Matthew in the kitchen, heavy metal music blaring as they are collaborating on creating another great taste combination for a Grill Em All burger.
Jerrold Ridenour did a great video profile of the Grill Em All truck for Food Trucking TV. This video really illustrates the vibe and attitude that Grill Em All delivers!
Grill Em All will give you a truly gourmet burger, with unique flavor combinations, along with some great music. There is no way you can go wrong with that combination!
Also, check out Grill Em All’s merchandise store at http://www.indiemerchstore.com/grillemalltruck, nice looking garb. The store is like the tables set up at rock concerts to sell T-shirts and cd’s only in an online form! I need to get one of their burger logo t-shirts and hat!
Grill Em All Truck – Los Angeles, CA
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